What is Skin Cancer?
At its most basic level, skin cancer is nothing more than the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. Skin cancers make up close to 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia. When diagnosed early, it is one of the easiest cancers to cure. If it is not detected and treated early it can result in disfigurement and even death. Most skin cancers take one of the following different forms:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Intraepidermal Carcinoma
What Causes Skin Cancer?
No matter the type of skin cancer, most causes fall into one of two very broad categories:
- Unrepaired DNA mutations caused by UV or solar damage; or
- Genetic mutations.